Airlines face fines over uncoordinated flights after NAIA reopening

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2018 03:15 PM

MANILA – Airlines responsible for uncoordinated flights immediately after the removal of a Xiamen Airlines jet at the runway of the country’s main gateway face "punitive fines," an official said Wednesday. 

Almost half of the 78 flights launched after the resumption of operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were uncoordinated, Manila International Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal said.

"Mayroon kaming pinagaaralang penalties and they will not be able to escape without punitive fines," Monreal said told a House committee hearing.

He said these fines would be based on Civil Aeronautics Board regulations.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ Aerodome Division chief Marlene Singson said air traffic controllers were made aware of the flights.

These flights, however, failed to follow the protocol in securing terminal bays, she said.

"What was unfortunate was wala pong available na terminal bay dahil hindi sila humingi ng terminal capacity," she added.

(What was unfortunate was there was no available terminal bay because they did not ask for terminal capacity.)

A list of airlines with uncoordinated flights was released by the MIAA during the House Committee Hearing on the incident:

•    Aseana Airlines - 1 
•    China Eastern Airlines - 1 
•    China Southern Airlines - 2 
•    Etihad Airlines - 4
•    Eva Air - 1
•    Gulf Air - 1
•    Japan Airlines - 2
•    Jeju Airlines - 2
•    Korean Airlines - 1
•    Kuwait Airways - 
•    Malaysian Airlines - 2
•    Qantas Airline - 1
•    Royal Brunei Airlines - 1
•    Xiamen Airlines - 5 
•    Philippine Airlines - 4
•    Hong Kong Airlines - 2
•    Air China - 2
•    Oman Air - 1
•    Qatar Airways - 1
•    Thai Airways - 1